HONOLULU — Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (Hawaii State FCU) today announced a significant expansion in its annual Investing in Education grant program for Hawaii public school teachers. In honor of the program’s 10th year, Hawaii State FCU will double grant funding from $20,000 to $40,000.
Beginning tomorrow, September 1, through October 31, public school teachers in the Department of Education are invited to submit their applications requesting grants to purchase needed supplies, books, furniture, electronic equipment and classroom activities.
“Expanding our Investing in Education program reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting Hawaii’s teachers and keiki,” said Andrew Rosen, president and CEO of Hawaii State FCU. “We are aware of the personal sacrifice many teachers make to provide supplies for their classrooms and we hope to help lessen that burden. We’re also amazed at the creative ways teachers have used the grant money to make learning fun, and look forward to seeing the funding requests this year.”
Eligible applicants are asked to submit an essay outlining how the grant will help them achieve classroom goals. Grant recipients will be awarded funds between $200 and $500 based on the needs of the classroom. Submissions will be reviewed and awarded as they are received, beginning September 1 and continuing through the October 31 deadline, until all 2018 program funds have been disbursed.
Since 2009, Hawaii State FCU has distributed more than $196,000 to Hawaii educators through its Investing in Education program. In 2017, the program awarded $20,000 to 43 educators at public schools on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, Lanai and Molokai to fund technology software, coding lessons, tablets, adaptive learning tools and other classroom supplies.
Eligibility information and applications are available online at www.hawaiistatefcu.com/member-resources/investing-in-education